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NASA Contest To Name ISS Module

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the name-that-space dept.

Space 197

Solarch writes "NASA is holding a contest to name ISS Node 3. Being a Browncoat myself, I should hope that the choice of names would be obvious. As of the 7:30 PM EST on 2/25, the name Serenity has over 80% of the vote. From the site: 'Node 3 will connect to the port side of the Unity Node and will provide room for many of the station's life support systems, in the form of eight refrigerator-sized racks. After Node 3 is installed, the station's crew will transfer over many of the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) currently stored in various places around the station.'"

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Original (0, Troll)

Scutter (18425) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996599)

80% of the vote for Serenity, huh? I would have thought geek culture would have been able to come up with something original rather than a rehashed idea from a canceled TV show.

Re:Original (3, Insightful)

mc1138 (718275) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996635)

Think of it more like an homage to a fallen comrade.

Eric (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996673)

Gets my vote :-)

Re:Eric (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996853)

Ah. You must one of those [catb.org] .

Re:Eric (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997507)

Heh, sorry, not one of those, one of these [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Original (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996689)

Vote Metal Gear, now!

Re:Original (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996791)

Vote Metal Gear, now!

This is about the ISS; not the tool bag [n2yo.com] .

Ba dum dum cha!

Re:Original (1)

Xymor (943922) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997331)

I vote for anything with the initials G.U.N.D.A.M.

Re:Original (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996707)

rather than a continuation of the plot from a canceled TV show by the show's creator.

Fixed that for you.

I don't think you understand how strongly people feel about this show. It's a very good show, and it's a shame Fox canceled it after only one season, but in its wake came the Browncoats, an incredibly dedicated group of fans who will stop at nothing to achieve their aims (which I assume are more Firefly episodes). Here's the wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browncoat

Re:Browncoat accomplishments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996965)

And let us note that there has now not only been a movie and a series of web episodes, but also two graphic novels. And that's just including the canonical stuff. Personally, I'm hoping that eventually something like this [intotheblack.ca] gets done, or maybe even more than one of them.

Re:Browncoat accomplishments (1)

fracai (796392) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997105)

Firefly webisodes!? Where?

Serenity Now! (1)

mc1138 (718275) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996607)

I think it's fitting that the life support, which hopefully will give peace of mind to those up there in the ISS, is most likely going to be named Serenity.

Re:Serenity Now! (3, Funny)

wisty (1335733) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996699)

They are going to name their life support after an unreliable piece of go-se?

Re:Serenity Now! (3, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997157)

Sure, it's unreliable in the same sense as Captain Kirk is mortal and could be killed as easily as one of the red shirts. A breakdown or damage may heighten tension but you can be pretty damn sure it'll be flying again in the next episode. In fact, being on an "undestructable" ship like the Death Star is an almost certain guarantee you're really on the Titanic instead. All things considered Firefly is probably the safest ship in its universe, though I'd still prefer a recent USS Enterprise for the holodeck.

Re:Serenity Now! (1)

MROD (101561) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997215)

They merely need to send up Kaylee to cherish it and then it'll work fine... as long as they spend month on spare parts.

Re:Serenity Now! (1)

mrops (927562) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997397)

In all probability, that unreliable piece of go-se is safer than our orbiting tin can. Probably cheaper too. With artificial gravity.

May I suggest... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26997821)

the Wankerpod? Or the Global Boondoggle Module?

P.S. - Liberals love the Constitution. It's just all those pesky amendments they hate - especially numbers 1 (dissent must be suppressed), 2 (the people must be de-fanged so as not to be in a position to object), and 10 (the Founders had it wrong - the states should be subservient to the Federal government).

Re:May I suggest... (2, Insightful)

No2Gates (239823) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997867)

Moneypit

"Life Support"? (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 5 years ago | (#26998037)

ISS Titanic, of course.

Slashdotted Already (1)

Phoenixhawk (1188721) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996621)

Wow, Nasa /.'ed

Re:Slashdotted Already (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996869)

Wow, Nasa /.'ed

We're interrogating Mr. Malda now.

Thanks,
No Such Agency.

Re:Slashdotted Already (3, Funny)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997757)

That's ok, CmdrTaco has always wanted to meet James Earl Jones and blackmail a Winnebago out of him ;)

Battletoad? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996627)

I know we aren't meant to complain about missing poll options; but battletoad anyone?!

Re:Battletoad? (2)

aquabat (724032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996955)

Come on guys, let's show the world the true, raw power of Slashdot. Vote Battletoad today!

Re:Battletoad? (1)

keiferb (267153) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997279)

I wrote in Battletoad, but I was also quite relieved to see that Serenity was winning.

Re:Battletoad? (2, Funny)

AC-x (735297) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997467)

There's no hope, the power of Xenu is too great!

Top 10 Suggestions (from site)
SYNERGY
VISION
TRANQUILITY
VISTA
HORIZON
HOPE
ETERNITY
PEACE
XENU
ENTERPRISE

How about xenu? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26998205)

I had the opposite experience. After I voted for Serenity I found that one potential option already given was Xenu, and I missed it! Damn...

Strangely, my name isn't even in the top ten. (1)

bipbop (1144919) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996633)

I voted for Bitey.

Re:Strangely, my name isn't even in the top ten. (4, Funny)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997591)

Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.... ;)

distributed versus all on one module (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996637)

So a single hit could wipe all all life support (as we know it.)

Re:distributed versus all on one module (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997485)

I was wondering that myself. Of all the systems that could benefit from being distributed, that would seem to be the one. If say, one of the central modules develops a leak (micro meteor etc) and has to be sealed quickly, splitting the station in half air-wise, would positively suck to be on the wrong side of the door from 100% of the life support systems...

Normally, I wouldn't bother but... (5, Insightful)

VShael (62735) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996645)

it does tie in nicely with the other two names, Unity and Harmony.

In fact, coupled with those two names, there won't be anything to indicate that Serenity has anything to do with Firefly.

Re:Normally, I wouldn't bother but... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997151)

Ssh. That is what we are telling Congress. Don't blow it for everybody.

Re:Normally, I wouldn't bother but... (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997235)

Except that it was chosen by a poll on the internet. Then anyone with a clue about the internet will know -why- it was chosen.

Re:Normally, I wouldn't bother but... (1)

VShael (62735) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997375)

anyone with a clue about the internet will know -why- it was chosen.

For the same reason that Hank the Angry Dwarf [wikipedia.org] won the People magazine poll for most Beautiful Person of the Year?

Re:Normally, I wouldn't bother but... (3, Insightful)

vyrus128 (747164) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997581)

I almost feel like whoever at NASA picked the poll options must have been a Firefly fan. Of the four choices, "Serenity" is really the only one that goes well with the existing two names, even to a normal person who's never heard of Firefly.

Battletoad (2, Funny)

richy freeway (623503) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996653)

TBH.

Re:Battletoad (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997921)

XENU is in the top ten, god damn you anon. ...

lulz.

Vista?? (4, Funny)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996675)

Vista is in the top 10 suggestions... draw what conclusions you will from that...

Re:Vista?? (1)

wisty (1335733) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996799)

OMG, Vista? That's really auspicious, that is!

Goons (2, Informative)

stupid_is (716292) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996695)

Everybody should know that Bluebottle [wikipedia.org] is Eccles' companion

"Waste of Money" (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996703)

or Boondoggle.

I'm surprised (1)

grailer (85946) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996715)

What, no DS9?

What a lack of imagination (-1, Troll)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996739)

Serenity? It's not even a space ship, it's part of a space station. Its ass doesn't light up and Jewel Staite (what a porn star name) won't be boned in the engine room. I think they should have called it moe. Cue downmods from firefly fanbois in 3, 2, 1, wahoo.

Re:What a lack of imagination (1)

GaryOlson (737642) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996835)

I see your lack of imagination and raise you some other suggestions:
Necessity
DAFIM [Damn All Flippin Important Module]
Gaia
Mother

screw their naming scheme. I would want my life support module to have a name no one could possibly mistake for the Lido Deck on a cruise ship.

Unique name... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997263)

a name no one could possibly mistake for the Lido Deck on a cruise ship.

Chuck Norris?

Re:What a lack of imagination (1)

rjstegbauer (845926) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997361)

But why are they moving all the life support to *one* module.

Wouldn't you want that spread around evenly, so that every module could sustain itself *and* additional crew?

Randy - iguessimnotarocketscientist

Re:What a lack of imagination (1)

DamienRBlack (1165691) | more than 5 years ago | (#26998033)

Necessity, brilliant.

Necessity FTW (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 5 years ago | (#26998435)

As much as serenity is a popular favorite, Necessity is perhaps the best name mentioned so far. *golf clap*

The ISS may become a ship yet. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26997089)

As was discussed here recently, there has been some talk of moving the ISS to L5, L3, or moon orbit or even of using it (with lots of additional shielding and bracing, natch) as part of a Mars ship.

Personally, I think that the idea of using it to get to Mars is chowderheaded, to put it mildly. But at L5 or in Moon orbit? Hmmmm. Especially since in moon orbit moon rocks could be boosted up to provide that massive additional shielding that would be very, very much a requirement.

And hell, with the rate at which we're accumulating debris in various earth orbits, the ISS may not be viable there for too much longer anyway.

Missing Poll Options... (4, Insightful)

Aranykai (1053846) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996745)

Starbug ftw.

ICARUS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996755)

(even if its mission isnt to go to the sun)

Re:ICARUS (1)

Rip Dick (1207150) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997113)

Icarus 3... and maybe they can find out what became of the first 2.

I have some: (0, Flamebait)

Samschnooks (1415697) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996757)

  • Boondoggle.
  • Money pit
  • Money Black Hole
  • Wasteful spending
  • Is this where the funding for my real science went to?!?
  • What about using the money for REAL science!

For the Libertarians:

  • This is what happens when Government is in charge!
  • Where in the Constitution does it say, "Explore Space"?
  • Private enterprise can do it better.

CowboyNeal (5, Funny)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996777)

How can a poll be without CowboyNeal? BOYCOTT NASA!!!11!1

Re:CowboyNeal (1)

rjstegbauer (845926) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997399)

There hasn't been a /. pool in over a month with a CowboyNeal option.

How can we expect NASA to do that when *we* can't?

Randy

My vote is... (3, Funny)

dreemernj (859414) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996785)

"My tax dollars at work"

Let's have a grass roots campaign (5, Funny)

naich (781425) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996795)

And let's see if they will name it "Cuntflaps".

Re:Let's have a grass roots campaign (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26997233)

Fuck that, go with the 9th most common suggestion that's already on there... Xenu!

Re:Let's have a grass roots campaign (1)

Bl4d3 (697638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997471)

Flaps got my vote ;)

HUH?? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996803)

NASA is holding a contest to name ISS Node 3. Being a Browncoat myself, I should hope that the choice of names would be obvious.

Dookie? Turdburgular? Stinky?

I think browncoat means different things to you and I.

I actually suggested hope... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996879)

Should've voted for the 'toads.

NASA Bob (2, Funny)

leroybrown (136516) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996909)

Maybe to sway the public perception of NASA from being a overly-technical, bloated government agency out of reach to the common man to a user-friendly, warm-and-fuzzy entity people can feel good about funding with public funds, how about "NASA Bob". Maybe draw a pair of glasses and a smile on it with a sharpie...

Uparse (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996911)

According to the web page its is a Urine Processor Assembly Atmosphere Revitalization System entity.

Uparse would reflect the nature of sharing as the ars is being offered by another body, a body that has yet to be explored.

My suggestion is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996919)

Just don't name it "Grey 17". Nobody will want to go there for maintenance.

I vote for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996927)

HMS Shagatsea

I voted.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996961)

Rick Astley

and so did a lot of forums. I'm very surprised it isn't showing up... at all. Looks like BS to me.

This is soooo easy! (2, Funny)

pig-power (1069288) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996969)

Space Junk One?

My Votes ... ? (-1, Troll)

daveime (1253762) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996973)

1. Futility
2. Disappointment
3. Legacy
4. Dinosaur

Mah, I don't know. Just been watching CNN interview Buzz Aldrin approximately 40 years after they first landed on the moon. It's such a shame the Cold War ended, at least then we had a goal to chase, even if it was only "beating the commies". Also, maybe the US wouldn't be throwing it's weight around quite so much and sticking it's noses into the world's affairs.

</us-rant>

Re:My Votes ... ? (4, Funny)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997085)

at least then we had a goal to chase

goal to chase

goal to chase

goatse

I have decoded your secret message. Name the ISS module 'goatse.' Your will is my command.

Re:My Votes ... ? (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997257)

Do you really miss being ~30 minutes from thermonuclear holocaust all the bloody time, just because they had cooler spaceships back then? Seriously?

What you need to do is hack together an "authetic" Bin Laden tape wherein he discusses how much a successful American space program would upset him...

Re:My Votes ... ? (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997561)

Do you really miss being ~30 minutes from thermonuclear holocaust all the bloody time, just because they had cooler spaceships back then? Seriously?

Actually I preferred that to the situation we have now -- stateless actors with access to modern technology. Nuclear weapons aren't really that scary when you look at some of the advances in biotechnology and contemplate the fact that it's a lot easier to weaponize naturally occurring organisms than it is to get your hands on weapons grade plutonium. Anthrax exists in nature and resides on every continent. Pu-239 is a bit harder to come by.

Re:My Votes ... ? (2, Insightful)

daveime (1253762) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997655)

To be honest, I preferred the concept of "mutually assured destruction", that the current "US guaranteed destruction".

The US wasn't quite so blase about wandering into foreign countries and trying to impose their view on things, when they thought the USSR might have something to say about it.

There was a barrier to things, the US tried not to piss off the neighbours too often ... now they wander all over the neighbours lawn and let their dog shit on it.

ISS N TTYS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26997009)

nm

single point of failure? (1)

aquabat (724032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997055)

First thing that occurred to me when I read the summary was that they are taking a bunch of vital life support systems, whose current distribution makes it unlikely that failure in one will affect the others, and putting them all together in a single detachable module. Seems, at first glance, to be less robust this way, unless they have a couple of swappable spare modules handy.

Re:single point of failure? (3, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26998065)

Quick, email NASA before they forget to engineer reliability in the new space station they're launching next week.

obvious! (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997087)

and will provide room for many of the station's life support systems, in the form of eight refrigerator-sized racks. After Node 3 is installed, the station's crew will transfer over many of the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) currently stored in various places around the station.

SPOF?

Eight crew, eight racks. Hmm ... (1)

Dirk Ruffly (1487525) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997129)

Anyone notice that "Serenity" will have eight racks for the life support equipment? Eight crew on Firefly's Serenity; name each rack for one of the crew and Serenity and her crew _will_ fly! :)

Re:Eight crew, eight racks. Hmm ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26997383)

Serenity had 9 crew members, not 8... or am I just being forgetful?

Re:Eight crew, eight racks. Hmm ... (1)

elFarto the 2nd (709099) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997629)

There were 9 people aboard. I guess you could argue that Inara isn't really a crew member.

Re:Eight crew, eight racks. Hmm ... (1)

RobBebop (947356) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997659)

(1) Mal, (2) Kaylee, (3) River, (4) Zoe, (5) Wash, (6) Jayne, (7) Simon, and (8) the Sheppard. Inara only rented the extra craft for her personal business enterprises.

Re:Eight crew, eight racks. Hmm ... (1)

Dirk Ruffly (1487525) | more than 5 years ago | (#26998405)

As another poster pointed out, there were 9 aboard. Inara wasn't really crew, in that she had a business of her own. I am stretching a bit, I suppose. :)

Serenity now... (1)

neersign (956437) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997131)

...Insanity later.

Why so complicated (1)

ivan_w (1115485) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997137)

Why don't they just call it ISS Module #n ? (n being the current number of modules on the ISS starting with module number 1).

Keep it simple !

--Ivan

Re:Why so complicated (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997343)

Yes, but it doesn't engage the internet into going "OOOH! NASA!" and doesn't get their website enough hits to keep their funding.

BattleToads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26997197)

Vote to name it Battletoads. Just imagine the epic hilarity that could ensue.

Re:BattleToads (1)

mtp85 (1132905) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997317)

Slashdot != /b/

(but some days it's hard to tell)

Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you the... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26997259)

Lets All Pray It Travels Up Precisely This Time Module.

Or the LAPITUP-TT.

Name it PowNed (1)

Njovich (553857) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997261)

Just because we can.

Sure, the name's important, but... (1)

fullymodo (985789) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997381)

After Node 3 is installed, the station's crew will transfer over many of the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) currently stored in various places around the station.

Basket, meet all the eggs.

Re:Sure, the name's important, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26997889)

"Basket" - My thoughts exactly. I was thinking "gondola" myself (as in a hotair balloon)... regardless, I would hope that they have a secondary life-systems array somewhere onboard, less chance of breaking those eggs.

mod uP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26997541)

shout the louUdest members' creative

Ten Forward (1)

coolmoose25 (1057210) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997593)

Check out the windows in the bump out on the "bottom" of the module... Given the view, why not Ten Forward... (But only if the bar is stocked with Synthohol and served by Guinan)

Name follows function (1)

waynedunham (1487571) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997631)

Given that it is going to house the water and urine recycling apparatus maybe the name should be "Porta Potty". :)

John (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997987)

Joint
    Organic
reHabilitation
    Node

I'm one of those weirdos (1)

jra (5600) | more than 5 years ago | (#26997647)

who thinks it's entirely appropriate that this is the module with the UPA and the toilets in it (which is intended to be a loving observation, and not a crack, in case you were wondering)...

Incidentally, in case y'all haven't look *into* said toilets, they have an interesting design.

Near as I can figure, the shit is *supposed* to hit the fan.

(Yes, yes, I stole it from Spider, ok? I'll be here all week.)

Nostromo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26998029)

Vote Nostromo!

It is a station not a ship (1)

Ghworg (177484) | more than 5 years ago | (#26998389)

Serenity? Really? It is a space station, not a ship. It should obviously be called Babylon.

How about a practical name? (1)

Telecommando (513768) | more than 5 years ago | (#26998531)

"After Node 3 is installed, the station's crew will transfer over many of the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) currently stored in various places around the station."

Perhaps they should name it 'Basket,' as they seem to be putting all of their eggs into it.

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